Busy start for Naylor

Date published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
SCOTT Naylor, Oldham RL Club’s new boss, is delving into his past in order to build the Roughyeds’ future.
The 40-year-old former Bradford Bulls and Salford City Reds centre, now into day five of his first head coach’s job, has built a network of contacts on both sides of the Pennines in his 24 years as player and coach.
And he will be relying on the old pals’ act to give him a flying start as he launches the task of building a 2013 Oldham squad almost from scratch.
Only club skipper Neil Roden is contracted for next year and of last season’s squad Miles Greenwood and Danny Whitmore have gone to Batley Bulldogs and Paul Smith has announced his retirement.
Mark McCully’s future is in serious doubt because of injury, leaving Naylor with several spots to be filled by newcomers even if he re-signs every other player who was at the club at the end of last term.
Said Naylor: “I’ve been in the game a long time and I know a lot of people. My long association at Salford with the academies and the club’s youth policy could be particularly useful in terms of signing young players who have been at Super League clubs.”
Chairman Chris Hamilton added: “Scott’s phone has never stopped ringing in the last few days. He has been fielding calls from players, agents and other contacts as well as making loads of calls himself.
“He spent most of the weekend going through DVD footage of last season’s Oldham games, not only to look at team performances and at how we played but to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of individual players.”
Naylor is also working towards the appointment of his No 2 and in making plans for the start of pre-season training, probably in early November.
The chairman will head the club’s representation at the Championships’ end-of-season gala presentation dinner in Leeds tonight.